Popstar Ellie Goulding was recently chosen to perform during the NFL’s halftime show on Thanksgiving Day.
However, she then told the NFL that she refused to do the performance unless the Salvation Army – who is sponsoring the game – bends a knee to the gay agenda and makes a donation to an LGBTQ cause.
It all started after liberal snowflakes started attacking Goulding after she shared a photo on Instagram of her volunteering at a Salvation Army to help feed the homeless.
When some fans began to comment about the group’s history of allegedly not being supportive of gay or trans people, she replied and said she had reached out to Salvation Army leadership.
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Ok so maybe hairnet not my strongest look but thank you @salvationarmyus for having us in New York. As you know, I have spent a lot of time in shelters in London, and this was my first time in NYC… The Salvation Army annually helps more than 23 million Americans overcome poverty, addiction and economic hardships through a range of social services. By providing food for the hungry, emergency relief for disaster survivors, rehabilitation for those suffering from drug and alcohol abuse, and clothing and shelter for people in need. I sat and spoke to several people who had come in from the bitter cold for some food (they serve to over 150 per day here) , warmth and perhaps a chat with one of the volunteers. 🙏🏼
Goulding made the following statement with the demand to the Salvation Army:
“Upon researching this, I have reached out to The Salvation Army and said that I would have no choice but to pull out unless they very quickly make a solid, committed pledge or donation to the LGBTQ community. I am a committed philanthropist as you probably know, and my heart has always been in helping the homeless, but supporting an anti-LGBTQ charity is clearly not something I would ever intentionally do. Thank you for drawing my attention to this.”
Since then, she backed down from her threat and has decided that she will indeed do the performance as she said she would initially.
According to CNN,
The Salvation Army confirmed in a statement to CNN on Thursday that the show would go on as planned.
“We’d like to thank Ellie Goulding and her fans for shedding light on misconceptions and encouraging others to learn the truth about The Salvation Army’s mission to serve all, without discrimination,” wrote David Hudson, National Commander of The Salvation Army. “We applaud her for taking the time to learn about the services we provide to the LGBTQ community.”
The Salvation Army says on its website that it is “committed to serving the LGBTQ community” through shelter, job training, substance abuse help and other programs, adding that it does not consider sexual orientation or gender identity in its hiring practices and that it offers benefits to spouses of employees in same-sex marriages.